Archives for January 2017

Bowdoin News: Economist John Fitzgerald Addresses Income Inequality; Iconoclasm and the Power of Images

John Fitzgerald, Bowdoin’s William D. Shipman Professor of Economics, joined a discussion on Maine Public Radio’s Maine Calling to speak about the growing problem of income inequality, its causes, and possible solutions.

Fitzgerald, along with Robyn Merrill of Maine Equal Justice Partners, spoke with Chuck Collins, author of Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home and Committing for the Common Good. Listen to the discussion.

The destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra by the Islamic State and the dynamiting of the giant Bamiyan buddhas by the Taliban have shocked and horrified the world. Yet these acts of contemporary vandalism of artworks by today’s religious fantastic are only the latest episode in a millennia-long struggle to control images. Five professors discuss art desecration by fanatics in Bowdoin News.

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Analysis: Assessing Trump’s First Cybersecurity Executive Order (Lawfare)

Lawfare reviews a draft of President Trump’s first executive order pertaining to cybersecurity.

The order, “Strengthening U.S. Cyber Security and Capabilities,” calls for several assessments of the country’s cybersecurity, yet it omits any mention of the FBI. Read more.

How Marijuana Entrepreneurs Are Making Weed Respectable (Bloomberg)

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Now legal in twenty-eight states cannabis is now regarded as the fastest-growing industry in the US. According to a Bloomberg article, a new class of entrepreneurs is bringing Wall Street savvy to this growing sector, finding ways to make marijuana more widely acceptable—and disassociate the product from so-called “stoner” culture.

Mini Maine: A Super-Cool Time-Lapse, Tilt-Shift Look at Portland (Little Big World)

Maine’s largest city—shot in a way that makes it look like it could fit on a child’s play table. Check out the time-lapse, tilt-shift film by Joerg Daiber for Little Big World.